Build a Blog in a Day Review – From the ground up blogging course

build a blog in a dayI was kindly provided review access to a new blogging course called Build a Blog in a Day. The Access included also all upgrades to the course. So this time I am able to provide a lot more through review. And not concentrate just on the front end offer which has been the case so far.

What is it about?

Build A Blog in a Day is a video course on how to create a blog. While front end offer concentrates more on the mechanical side of how to create a blog. And the upgrades expand the contents to a quite comprehensive blogging course.

Main sales argument found from the sales page is:

“Discover A Simple Copy & Paste System That Helps Complete Beginners To Build A Highly Professional Blog In Just 24 hrs
“… Without Any Prior Skills or Knowledge” ”.

I’ll return to that in the conclusion of the review to see how well I think that that claim is justified.

What is included?

Course contents are for the most part videos. But there are some modules which include portions of text and / or images as well.

Front end offer, Build a Blog in a Day, includes five modules. These modules have a total of 11 videos and a running time of 82 minutes and change.

The first upgrade shows how you can include shopping possibilities in your blog. It is delivered in 4 modules, a total of nine videos and with a total length of 78 minutes.

The second upgrade is a hosting package. Hosting is a resale of a service provided by a separate hosting provider. Hosting includes automatic and manual backups and 40Gb of storage space. As well as email mailboxes and so on.

Third and final upgrade, Real Blogging Academy, is the actual meat of this whole package. 12 modules and 81 videos with a total running time of almost eight hours. Modules in the course are as follows:

  • Intro
  • Module 1: Prepare for Success – Self Awareness
  • Module 2: Building Your Blog
  • Module 3: Creating Amazing Content
  • Module 4: Make Use of Photos, Videos & Graphics
  • Module 5: Generate Traffic
  • Module 6: Social Media Marketing
  • Module 7: Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
  • Module 8: E-Mail Marketing
  • Module 9: Building Your Audience
  • Module 10: Monetize Your Blog
  • Module 11: Your Blogging Business
  • Module 12: The Blogger Lifestyle

Who it is for?

People who have most to gain from this course are Beginner-level to moderately experienced. Or people who have been thinking about starting a blog, meaning that they have no blogging experience at all.

For the whole of the course, the material is provided in an easy to follow manner which builds on the prior modules. This makes it accessible to complete beginners.

Real Blogging Academy-upgrade is a comprehensive package. So I think even those who have been running a blog for a while can learn new things from it. Or at least refresh already known concepts.

How much does it cost?

  • Build a Blog in a Day
    • 9.90$
  • Sell Your Products Online
    • 37$
  • Hosting
    • 9.90$ per month or 97$ per year.
  • Real Blogging Academy
    • 197$


Skill level (5/5)

Suitable for complete beginners.

Actionable (4/5)

There is nothing preventing you from getting started right away. And no extra tools other than hosting are needed. And even the hosting you can include in the package as an upgrade

Slight minus for not actively encouraging accountability. The new blog won’t happen if you don’t stick to it over a longer period of time. This kind of a course should in my opinion really try to hold the student accountable for her progress.

Presentation (3/5)

I think some of the videos could have used a slightly tighter scripting or some more editing. But other than that videos are of okay quality. No major problems with audio quality.

Most of the videos have only a white background and it is burning through a little bit to other colors. But this doesn’t really detract from the contents.

Both presenters have a slight accent but I didn’t have any problems in understanding any of the contents.

Value for Money (3.5/5)

The problem with this kind of a course is that basically all of the information is out there if you just search for it. But it is in bits and pieces all around. So the question is, what is the price tag you put on your time?

How much more content you could write in the time it would take to search for all of the information included in the course?

Build a Blog in a Day review – Final thoughts

I have recently gone through the main parts of the material available in the Wealthy Affiliate (see review) course. And I can’t help but compare these two.

Wealthy Affiliate is even more expensive with a higher monthly cost. But I think they back up that price with more content and a really well-organized community.

Also, I like Wealthy Affiliates emphasis on content creation and accountability. Both of which are things I think this course could have done a little bit better job.

Now it is just a video after video. Videos do have a progression in them. But it is not as clearly linked to actually building your own blog at the same time as it is with WA.

Also, I have to mention that I find it a little bit odd that they instruct to install WordPress manually. For example, Hostgator which I am using for my hosting needs offers in its control panel automatic installation script. And with this script, it is just a matter of a couple of mouse clicks and you are done with your installation process. Why would one install WordPress manually when there are so much easier methods available nowadays?

“Discover A Simple Copy & Paste System That Helps Complete Beginners To Build A Highly Professional Blog In Just 24 hrs
“… Without Any Prior Skills or Knowledge” ”

How well they backed up their sales headline? They did a good job I think. Following the steps in the basic course, you will have a blog up and running in 24 hours no problem. And will have time for good nights sleep as well.

Obviously that claim is only for the front end offer. The amount of material included in the total package takes more time to act on. But you will have a good start for your blogging career if you follow along and act based on the information provided.

*** Build a Blog in a Day is available NOW. Get it from HERE! ***



How to write awesome blog opening paragraph

How-to-write-awesome-blog-opening-paragraphThe second hardest thing for me when writing any blog post after the headline is the opening paragraph. How to write it in such an away that reader will continue reading even after that. And at the same time so that it isn’t boring “In this blog post I will…” variety. Which seems to be my unconscious go-to solution.

To get some help to my problem I naturally turned to Google to see what wiser heads have written on the subject. The thing I struggled at first though was, what is the correct term for first paragraphs of a blog post? Is it introduction or opening or what. But as you see from the title of this post I felt that opening paragraph is the most descriptive in my opinion. Feel free to correct me in the comments.

I found several blog posts on the subject but to my surprise,  they were really close to each other in content. For this article, I chose to draw on articles from Problogger, Michael Pollock, CopyBlogger, and CoSchedule. I try to combine tips from all of those articles to rough categories or themes if you will.


The biggest thing in common was question-based openings. All of the sources used suggested at least one. Be it simply a Question or further defined as Multiple Choice Question, Readers Questions or just worthwhile question.

The important thing to note is that the question should be thought-provoking. You want to make your reader wonder about the answer to the question. So it is quite self-evident that questions which can be answered with a simple ‘No’ are not really good in arousing interest in the reader.


A second big group of ideas I combine under the heading ‘storytime’. The opening could be a funny, a quirky story, or even a success story. Something to make reader emotionally interested in the full article. I would also include analogies and metaphors as examples of storytelling for the purposes of a blog opening paragraph. Something to place the reader in another persons’ shoes to prime the mind for the coming article.


A quote and / or an anecdote was to found from all of the sources. To see that in action, please check Michael Pollock’s article. I think this works best if the actual quote acts as an inspiration for the article. If the quote isn’t 100% relevant (and a continuation of the headline) it might feel glued on and turn off for the reader.


You could also go with cold straight facts or statistics. Nothing much to add other than to again repeat that whatever kind of facts are presented, they should be relevant and they should be thought-provoking.


I think this ties up with the previous one. Or could be used in a hybrid form. If you want to debunk a conventional wisdom it might be best done with a statistic or a fact. Controversy could be also be built by making a bold claim which then makes the reader interested (or skeptical) to know how it is possible.

Random openings

Well not really random, but this group collects ideas that were not widely suggested in the source articles. Be it a cliffhanger beginning or description of benefits about to fall on reader upon finishing with the post.

One of the tips was to write the opening as the last thing and that is something I personally need to try. I get way too hung up on perfecting the opening paragraph before I am able to move on with the rest of the article. If the opening doesn’t come out easily I might be better off just to leave it to the end.

A Formula

Or you could use a formula. One such is provided by Marcus Sheridan in a small video segment. The video includes an example as well so it is worth of the almost four minutes it takes to view it.

Formula is as follows

Expertise + Empathy + Unbiased

Sounds like a decent framework to collect thoughts around when figuring out the optimal opener.

For this article, I did write the opening paragraph as the first thing and I haven’t touched it since. I think it goes under the storytime heading but I don’t know how well I bring up my expertise when the first thing I write about is how much I struggle with blog openings. I guess the empathy is there, though. Unbiased comes along in the second paragraph and that will have to do this time around.

What are your best openings and how do you approach writing them? Always the first thing or always the last thing to write or something in between? Let me know in the comments.

4 content marketing posts to read today

saturday link dumpIt is that time of the week where I collect interesting pieces of writing that have accumulated in my to blog about-list. This time I am going to concentrate on content marketing related articles.

Let’s start with a post that includes a good definition for content marketing.

Content Marketing is about creating compelling, contagious content and sharing it freely on social networks and blogs.

The definition is from Jeff Bullas’ article from 2012(!). It is interesting to see how especially the first and fourth point he mentions are practically de facto standards in content marketing today.

  • Idea 1: Include Images and Photos
  • Idea 2: Create a Contagious Online Video
  • Idea 3: Design a “Shareable” Video Graphic
  • Idea 4: Use the Hottest Trend in Content – Infographics!
  • Idea 5: Create a Well Structured Blog Post or eBook

Neil Patel does some myth busting regarding relationship between SEO and content marketing

SEO and content marketing are the same.


That, essentially, you can use both the terms interchangeably.


That if you do one, then you don’t need the other.




Not always.

Above quote is from his 4-point SEO checklist for content marketing. There is quite a lot of good content in his article so you ought to go and read it in full. But I will lift up his four main points here regardless.

  • Context
  • Keyword volume and competition
  • Content format and content frequency
  • SEO audit for content spring cleaning and technical SEO

Let’s continue with Mr. Patel. A brief look at different statistics that he thinks every content marketer should know.

  • 42% of B2B marketers say they’re effective at content marketing.
  • 60% of marketers create at least one piece of content each day.
  • Year-over-year growth in unique site traffic is 7.8x higher for content marketing leaders compared to followers (19.7% vs 2.5%).
  • 57% of marketers reported custom content was their top  marketing priority for 2014.
  •  Content marketing costs 62% less than traditional marketing and generates about 3 times as many leads.
  • 93% of B2B marketers use content marketing.
  • 78% of CMOs believe custom content is the future of marketing.
  • Conversion rates are nearly 6x higher for content marketing adopters than non-adopters (2.9% vs 0.5%).
  • 39% of marketing budget is spent on content marketing by the most effective B2B marketers.
  • 48% of smaller organizations have a documented content strategy, compared to only 41% of larger organizations.
  • 58% of marketers said “original written content” is the most important type of content, outdoing visuals and videos.
  • 60% of the most effective B2C marketers have a documented content strategy.
  • B2B marketers use an average of 13 content marketing tactics.
  • 70% of B2B marketers rate in-person events as effective. (Source: TopRankBlog)
  • 74% of people suffer from glossophobia (fear of public speaking).
  • B2B marketers with a documented strategy are more likely to consider themselves effective.
  • 73% of organizations have someone in place to oversee their content strategy.
  • 86% of highly effective organizations have someone in charge of content strategy.
  • 72% of marketers think that branded content is more effective than magazine advertisements.
  • 69% of marketers say content is superior to direct mail and PR.
  • Almost 60% of marketers reuse content two to five times. They generate “snackable” content based on assets.
  • 64% of B2B marketers outsource writing.
  • 50% of respondents expressed a desire to be able to measure how much real attention people are paying to their content.
  • 72% of marketers are producing significantly more content than they did a year ago.
  • 82% of marketers who blog see positive ROI from their inbound marketing.
  • The most common content marketing delivery mechanism is social media, used by 87% of marketers.
  • 76% of B2B marketers blog, and 73% publish case studies.
  • About 49% of marketers are learning to drive content to align with the buyer’s journey.
  • Up to 81% of marketers plan to increase their use of original written content.
  • Last year, infographic usage grew from 9% to 52%.
  • The demand for infographics has increased 800% in the past year.
  • 91% of B2B marketers use LinkedIn to distribute content.
  • 73% of B2B marketers use YouTube to distribute content.
  • LinkedIn usage jumped 20% this year among B2C marketers.
  • 28% of marketers want to learn more about the art of podcasting.
  • Content reading on mobile devices increased over 10% in 2014.
  • Content production is the biggest challenge for 44% of marketers.
  • Gamification is the least common content marketing tactic, with only 10% of marketers using it.

The final piece to this post comes from John Chow’s blog. In the article, author Rizvan Ullah presents couple content marketing tweaks that promise a big return on invested time.

  • Tweak Your Headlines
  • Facebook Connect
  • Engage Visitors With?
  • Share Content 3+

I wouldn’t say that those actually are tweaks. Writing good headlines is important always for example and so is actively trying to engage users as well.

Engaging users and sharing content to social media several times over longer periods of time and Facebook connect are good points, though.

What is the most important blog post / article you read this week?

Business Plan For a Blog

business plan for a blogI haven’t ever written a business plan for a blog before. But for a while now I have been giving some thought to a blog idea I have. One that I would start with the clear purpose of earning money with it. But also with such a topic that I would find it interesting to write for it over extended periods of time.

In addition, documenting my progress would make interesting content for this blog I think. Something others having similar ideas might find useful in their own endeavors.

I was not planning to write anything down just yet but then I was directed to this blog post about new niche site project. And it clicked so well with what I have been thinking about that I just have to write this down today.

I haven’t gone to such lengths just as the author of the linked article (yet) but they are good pointers for me to look into.

Let this post be the first version of my business plan, I trust that I need to return to this in the future.


The niche I have been thinking about is pretty common all around the world. It is not just a one-off purchase and it is readily available for example in Amazon, which I intend to be the main source of revenues. At least in the beginning.

Competition in the blogosphere in the niche is mainly hobbyist sites but even those have pretty high traffic levels. In the high 6-figures per month. And some even go over to the 7-figure territory. That being said, my site would not be directed to the hardcore hobbyist but more to a general public. And in addition I planning to aim for a sub-niche to narrow it down even more.


For a startup phase, I am planning to post a lot of product-specific posts. There is a finite number of such pages per year, but in the beginning, it would make it easy to add 1-2 posts per day in order to have a steady flow of new posts.

According to my preliminary keyword research, it would be pretty convenient to add a decent quantity of long tail listicles. Which I intend to make a regular feature on the site. The bulk of the content I intend to build around weekly regulars to make it easier to see what I need to write about each week.

Niche lends itself well to visuality and it is possible to find interesting things to post from Flickr and Pinterest. That ought to help with social shares as well.

And final major content type would be buyers guides for people not “in” the niche but who would like to purchase something to a person who is.


How I see it now, I should be able to rank with moderate effort for the searches in the sub-niche and that should bring in the bulk of the traffic.

In addition to that, I am planning for an active Facebook page to drive traffic as well. How I see it now it probably makes sense to concentrate only on Facebook and Pinterest and leave for example Twitter out from the scope.


One major part that I see were current established players are missing out is email marketing. And that is where I intend to shave out commissions as well as to bring in returning traffic. I am planning on emailing subscribers daily and how I see it at the moment there is content worth telling about each day.


Biggest income source would be Amazon commissions. But besides Amazon, there are also some related affiliate programs. These are not as big as Amazon but they wouldn’t directly compete with it either. And thus could be additional sources of income. Some of these are with recurring payments. I also need to study if it would make sense to include links to other sites selling same products as Amazon to give people option of comparing prices.


The biggest risk is personal time management risk. One of the reasons I haven’t started on this yet has been my fear of overextending myself between this current on and the new blog. As I still have a day job I am not able to dedicate full days to either of these. If (when) I start building this new blog that would have to be my top priority. At least in the beginning.

I also run the risk that I misjudge the generals public’s interest in the type of content I have been thinking about. But it is really hard to see beforehand. Searches are there, though.


The market itself is multi-billion dollar market annually. And current players draw in hundreds of thousands of visitors monthly. Products in the niche are such that most buyers buy more than one and over extended periods of time. Fast napkin calculation tells me that with CTR of 1% I would need roughly 650 000 visits monthly to earn 10 000$ per month.

Final Words

Here is the first version of my first ever business plan for a blog. It feels good to have written something down. A lot easier to start refining things when there is something to build on.

I think the potential is there and risks are manageable. Now, what is left is execution.

What did I miss, where did I go wrong? Let me know in the comments!

How to embed a tweet on a WordPress post?

When you want to embed a tweet on a WordPress post you have a couple of options on how to do it. All of them super simple to do.

The Simple Way

Simplest option is to just paste URL for a tweet to the post and WordPress is smart enough to show the tweet in the post and not the URL.

You can find the URL for the tweet from the menu that can be accessed via three dots below the tweet in question.

How to embed a tweet on a WordPress post?

I thought that I would need to install a plugin to achieve this and was thus pleasantly surprised that it was possible to do this out of the box.

Alternatively, you can choose from the menu “Embed Tweet” which gives you a piece of code you then paste into the blog post. End result is exactly the same


<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en">
<p dir="ltr" lang="en" style="text-align: right;">I am struggling with these in my <a href="">#Headlines</a> <a href=""></a></p>
<p style="text-align: right;">— pkdigibiz (@pkdigib) <a href="">November 23, 2016</a></p>
<script async src="//" charset="utf-8"></script>

(Slightly) More Advanced Way

The problem, if you want to call it that, with previous approaches is that they don’t offer much control to the way tweet is presented.

If that control is needed you can install the official Twitter plugin. With that installed you can insert tweets with a shortcode. The code below, for example, shows the same tweet as above but aligned to the right.

[ tweet id="801510558390484995" align="right"]

Do note that I had to insert an extra space before the shortcode to not render it in the same way as the tweet to the right here.The full list of parameters can be found from the Twitter

The full list of parameters can be found from the Twitter documentation.

10 steps to create amazing content for your blog

I have to admit that my approach to writing blog posts is nowhere near as structured as what is instructed in the infographic below, courtesy of

But I guess that is one reason why it is so important to share it here as well.

As a reminder.

A lot easier to find from my own site compared to going to someone else’s blog and searching from there.

How structured is your approach to blog posts? Please let me know in the comments.

The Epic Content Cycle Infographic

The Epic Content Cycle Infographic from


How can you make money with a blog?

In the previous post, I concluded that it is, in fact, possible to earn money with a blog. But how can you make money with a blog? What are the ways to monetize your content? And what is the earning potential of blogging?

We can start by looking at the following infographic from PageTraffic:

Bloggers Who Make More 12 Bloggers Who Make More than $10,000 a Month & How They Do It!

As a disclaimer, only bloggers who publicly disclose their income are listed so there might be others who would make it to the list if their income was public knowledge.

Sources of income are quite varied and we can take a look at for example Pat Flynn who writes a monthly income report, latest one from last October. From the report, we learn the different sources of income for him. Affiliate commissions from Bluehost seem to be the biggest earner but he does have multiple products that bring in streams of income. In addition, he is trying to shift the balance from affiliate income to own products.

Darren Rowse doesn’t publish exact dollar figures but this image shows a similar picture to Pat Flynn’s situation. Various sources of income, a combination of an affiliate as well as advertising income with a biggest single revenue stream coming from affiliate commissions.

How can you make money with a blogThe third and final example is Rosemarie Groner from Busy Budgeter blog. She went from 5k$ per month to more than 20k$ per month from the same kind of page view volume.

I think these examples give a rough answer to the question: how can you make money with a blog? The short answer is that with affiliate commissions, advertising as well as with own products. And the earning potential. Anything from zero to in excess of hundred thousand dollars per month.

A slight course correction to the blog

blogI have come to a conclusion that I want to make a slight course correction to this blog of mine. Initially, I set this up for the sole purpose of writing Internet Marketing product reviews by doing review videos and posting them on Youtube. And hopefully making them rank high enough to draw in traffic and convert a portion of that traffic to affiliate sales and make some money in the process.

In addition to posting reviews, my plan was to fill the blog with PLR articles I bought years ago. Oh, how clueless I was. My naive idea was to gain some sales with minimal effort.

Then I found Wealthy Affiliate and turned this blog into a tool to mainly market Wealthy Affiliate. And at the same time create (or at least try to create) quality content to eventually pull in organic traffic as well.

When one goes through the training in WA a niche is chosen pretty early in the process. I chose to go with ‘make money online’ – niche. And idea was to concentrate on blogging as well as small ways to earn extra money. What those small ways would be I had no idea of.

I have been on this now for a couple of weeks and my head has cleared a bit more.  And I know at least a little bit better what I would like to do with this blog.

I want to

  • Learn more about internet marketing (affiliate marketing, PPC, CPA, email, etc.)
  • Write honestly
  • Learn to be a better writer
  • Learn to earn
  • Document my journey
  • Earn money

I don’t want to

  • Scam people
  • Write dishonest reviews
  • Claim to be something I am not

My problem with original direction was that I was a little bit ashamed, I could say, to put my own name as an author to these posts. Internet Marketing is so filled with over-hyped products that promise instant riches or at least earnings with little to no effort at all. I have bought those products earlier and there are many of those out there which are closer to MLM pyramids than anything that has to do with actual business. And I didn’t want to attach my name to these systems.

I don’t know

I do know that it is possible to make money with blogging and I do know it is possible to make money with affiliate marketing and I do know that it is possible to make money by creating info products and selling them online. What I don’t know is how to do any of those personally. But I want to learn. And I want to tell about my learning process and hopefully, help someone else learn as well.

So, this blog takes a turn towards more like a learning diary of sorts. I will write posts on subjects that interest me and that will include reviews of products. All of the posts I do intend to write with SEO in mind to drive traffic as that is one of the subjects I want to learn more about anyways. Posts and pages will include affiliate links but every time I want to make my opinion of given products worthiness clear to the reader.

Please join me on this journey and please leave a comment if you have questions or comments.

Pre-Made Adsense Ready Websites…Are they worth it? The good and bad.

I had an article with this exact title when I first started this blog. adsense ready websitesBut it was not my own article, it was copied from PLR package and just copy pasted here. When I learned that Google punishes websites for duplicate content (Article was put up before I joined WA) I decided that it is better to take the post down. But now I noticed from Google webmaster tools that I have had visits to the site from people searching for “ad ready websites” and I was getting 404 error messages in the search console. Whatever I did it wasn’t good 🙂

Anyway, now that I have searched I can see that the article does indeed exist on several sites already. But I do want to keep the URL alive and point to something relevant.

This kind of Private Label Rights article packages was popular several years ago when article marketing was all the rage and internet was peppered with article directories where a person could submit an article and in it a link to one’s own site and thus gain validity in Google’s eyes. To be able to do this in massive scale webmasters bought packages of articles they then had the right to use on their own sites.

Or that is my understanding on the subject. When starting this blog I was still ignorant and I was just thinking to simply select relevant articles and schedule them for frequent posting and the traffic would come. Along those articles, I would post the occasional review like the one I did for ATM Arbitrage.

I don’t know if Google punishes me for including the article here, but I will do it none the less. As it was already indexed and there were several hits so the punishment could’ve not been too severe. Well, live and learn.

Well, live and learn. Have you used PLR articles in your blog?


There are many types of “Adsense Ready Websites” out there and it may seem hard to figure out which ones are worth it and which ones are not. With prices ranging from $9 for 100 sites upwards of hundreds even thousands of dollars just for one. You might think to yourself, “wow what a good deal I’ll buy the 100 sites for $9”. Not really the wisest choice… As the old saying goes, “You get what you pay for”. Those packs are usually comprised of the same exact content sold to every customer. (Static Content – never changing) Resulting in search engines to completely blow off your website instantly. There are already thousands of the exact same websites you are trying to submit. To avoid this situation you need to find a website that automatically updates their articles (Dynamic Content – constantly changing by itself) and the even better even rarer no duplicate content sites.


Some “Adsense Ready Websites” are very dry with plain text and no images in hopes of better ranking but this will actually hurt rankings a bit. There is no chance to name your image one of your target keywords.

Some make the sites look ok and few make them look really good. However, pre-made designs tend to be duplicated a lot. While humans notice this, the search engines do not. All search engines see is the image name and the alt tag. So if two sites have the exact same look but different content the search engines see two completely different websites.


Surprisingly the majority of “Adsense Ready Websites” make it difficult to insert your affiliate codes and make changes to the site if you aren’t proficient with HTML. Some may offer software that will change the websites code on your PC so you can upload it to your server. There are a few that all you need to do is enter your domain name and the website is automatically created and hosted. The better of them also provide a web-accessible control panel to manage aspects of your website in real time.


Although some are better than others you can get results with what you are given. While some make it less work and less time there is no magic bullet. Do not purchase an “Adsense Ready Website” and just expect the money to start rolling in. (Unless you get a good expired domain). For starters, Google places new websites in their sandbox for a good 3 months. (Can be avoided completely by getting a good expired domain) No matter how great the website is it ALWAYS takes a bit of marketing elbow grease to get them moving along to big profits.

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